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March 4, 2013

Ellison is world’s richest Jew, new Forbes billionaire list shows

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Larry Ellison, co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation. Photo by Fred Prouser/Reuters

Larry Ellison, co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation. Photo by Fred Prouser/Reuters

Oracle's Larry Ellison is the world's richest Jew, according to Forbes' annual world billionaires list for 2013.

Ellison was among five Jews in the top 25 on the list published Monday. Seventeen Israelis were among the record 1,426 billionaires -- 200 more than in 2012.

Ellison was No. 5 overall with a net worth of $43 billion. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was No. 13 with $27 billion, followed among the Jews by casino magnate and philanthropist Sheldon Adelson at No. 15 with $26.5 billion, and Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, at 20 and 21, with $23 billion and $22.8 billion.

Four of the Israelis are new to the list: tech investor Shaul Shani, with a net worth of $3 billion; diamond baron Dan Gertler, $2.2 billion; and oil prospector Tzadik Bino and pharmaceuticals investor Mori Arkin, both with $1.05 billion. Businessman Idan Ofer ranked highest of the Israelis, placing at No. 182 with $6.2 billion. Ofer's brother Eyal was four spots lower with $6 billion.

Mexico's Carlos Slim topped the list as the world’s richest person for the fourth year in a row, followed by Microsoft's Bill Gates, Spanish clothing retailer Amancio Ortega and investor Warren Buffett.

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